you consider international travel, especially travel to Japan, travel to
Norway, or travel to Iceland, please note that all of these countries
strongly support the brutal and inhumane practice of whale hunting. Please
take the time to educate yourself on this subject by reviewing the "Protect
Whales" information from the International Fund For Animal
Welfare (OceanSpot has no affiliation with IFAW but supports its efforts to improve the environment and living conditions for
animals and marine life around the world).
In addition to Japan, Norway, and Iceland, click
here to view a list of other countries who voted in favor of whale
killing at the 2006 meeting of the International Whaling Commission (you
may be surprised by a few of them). As you make your international travel
decisions and determine where to spend your hard-earned tourist money,
please take a moment to consider whether you feel it is better to stop
traveling to these countries until they stop killing whales or whether you
think traveling to these countries to view whales helps demonstrate to
their governments that sustainable businesses can be developed by watching
whales instead of killing them. It's a tough choice.
To take action to help stop the cruel
and unnecessary practice of whale hunting, please take a
moment to sign petitions to stop
whaling and speak out to your local government
representatives and to the representatives of the countries who endorse
whale killing. (Again, OceanSpot has no affiliation with IFAW but
supports its efforts to improve the environment for whales around the
On a related note...did you know that more
that 300,000 seals will be killed this year and that 98% of the seals
killed in the past two years were between 2 weeks and 3 months old?
(Source: IFAW) Learn more
about how you can help stop the seal hunt, a practice that
continues to be supported by the Canadian government.
Remember...every voice counts!